By Peter Eisner
Drawing on untapped assets, specific interviews, and new archival examine, The Pope’s final Crusade by means of Peter Eisner is an exhilarating narrative that sheds new mild on Pope Pius XI’s valiant attempt to sentence Nazism and the regulations of the 3rd Reich—a campaign that may have replaced the process global struggle II.
A surprising story of intrigue and suspense, illustrated with 16 pages of archival images, The Pope’s final campaign: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's crusade to forestall Hitler illuminates this spiritual leader’s bold but little-known crusade, a non secular and political conflict that may be derailed through Pius’s XIs demise quite a few months later. Peter Eisner unearths how Pius XI meant to unequivocally reject Nazism in a single of the main remarkable and innovative pronouncements ever issued by way of the Vatican, and the way a gaggle of conservative churchmen plotted to avoid it.
For years, purely components of this tale were recognized. Eisner bargains a brand new interpretation of this historical occasion and the strong figures at its heart in an important paintings that offers considerate perception and increases arguable questions impacting our personal time.
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Extra resources for The Pope's Last Crusade_ How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler
McCormick and LaFarge entered the pope’s summer quarters in time for the general audience and stood with a group of clergy while others teemed forward to wait for the pontiff. Four staff-bearing Swiss Guard Halberdier troops stood guard, dressed in their singular uniforms, traditional stripes in the colors of the Medici family, blue, yellow, and red, a metal morion helmet adorned with red ostrich feathers on their heads. Pius XI finally entered the room, smiling and apparently hardy and in good spirits, despite reports he had been weakened by illness.
The static was too great to understand the Italian-accented Latin or Spellman’s translation. Nevertheless, this was a giant step for the Vatican. Broadcast by wireless, which people in some countries were also referring to as radio, had existed already for a generation, but the novelty was such that the pope was almost redefining the meaning and use of radio: his voice gave new power to radio broadcasting. The occasion of the pope’s inaugural speech on Vatican Radio was declared a miracle itself as a redefinition of what humankind might accomplish.
Count Anton served Emperor Franz Joseph as royal chamberlain, and one of his brothers, Mieczysław, rose to the prominent Vatican rank of cardinal prefect of the Holy Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. Ledóchowski’s influence on church doctrine was well known. He sometimes sought to change the pontiff’s mind on key issues that mattered to him, but his efforts were usually futile. He had asked the pope on several occasions, for example, to be more forceful in condemning Communism when he was criticizing Fascism—as a way of balancing the scales.
The Pope's Last Crusade_ How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler by Peter Eisner